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Meaning of APOLOGY

Pronunciation:  u'pâlujee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a poor example; "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile"
  2. [n]  an expression of regret at having caused trouble for someone; "he wrote a letter of apology to the hostess"
  3. [n]  a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly

APOLOGY is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: apologia, excuse
 See Also: acknowledgement, acknowledgment, defence, defense, example, illustration, instance, representative, vindication



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A*pol"o*gy\, n.; pl. {Apologies}. [L. apologia, Gr. ?;
    ? from + ?: cf. F. apologie. See {Apologetic}.]
    1. Something said or written in defense or justification of
       what appears to others wrong, or of what may be liable to
       disapprobation; justification; as, Tertullian's Apology
       for Christianity.
             It is not my intention to make an apology for my
             poem; some will think it needs no excuse, and others
             will receive none.                    --Dryden.
    2. An acknowledgment intended as an atonement for some
       improper or injurious remark or act; an admission to
       another of a wrong or discourtesy done him, accompanied by
       an expression of regret.
    3. Anything provided as a substitute; a makeshift.
             He goes to work devising apologies for window
             curtains.                             --Dickens.
    Syn: {Excuse}.
    Usage: An apology, in the original sense of the word, was a
           pleading off from some charge or imputation, by
           explaining and defending one's principles or conduct.
           It therefore amounted to a vindication. One who offers
           an apology, admits himself to have been, at least
           apparently, in the wrong, but brings forward some
           palliating circumstance, or tenders a frank
           acknowledgment, by way of reparation. We make an
           apology for some breach of propriety or decorum (like
           rude expressions, unbecoming conduct, etc.), or some
           deficiency in what might be reasonably expected. We
           offer an excuse when we have been guilty of some
           breach or neglect of duty; and we do it by way of
           extenuating our fault, and with a view to be forgiven.
           When an excuse has been accepted, an apology may
           still, in some cases, be necessary or appropriate.
           ``An excuse is not grounded on the claim of innocence,
           but is rather an appeal for favor resting on some
           collateral circumstance. An apology mostly respects
           the conduct of individuals toward each other as
           equals; it is a voluntary act produced by feelings of
           decorum, or a desire for the good opinion of others.''
  2. \A*pol"o*gy\, v. i.
    To offer an apology. [Obs.]
          For which he can not well apology.       --J. Webster.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Apologizing is a symbol of forgiveness, either you are asking for it or feeling the need to forgive someone who has been very close to you. It is time to face the truth, expose your feelings and forge true friendships.
Thesaurus Terms
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